Eric Brewer (scientist)
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Eric Allen Brewer is professor emeritus of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley[1] and vice-president of infrastructure at Google.[2] His research interests include operating systems and distributed computing. He is known for formulating the CAP theorem about distributed network applications in the late 1990s.[3]

In 1996, Brewer co-founded Inktomi Corporation (bought by Yahoo! in 2003) and became a paper billionaire during the dot-com bubble. Working with the United States federal government during the presidency of Bill Clinton, he helped to create, which launched in 2000.[4] His research also included a wireless networking scheme called WiLDNet, which promises to bring low-cost connectivity to rural areas of the developing world.[5] He has worked at Google since 2011.[6]


Brewer received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and computer science (EECS) from UC Berkeley where he was a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity.[7] Later he earned a Master of Science and PhD in EECS from MIT. He received tenure from UC Berkeley in 2000.[8]


In 1999, he was named to the MIT Technology Review TR100 as one of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35.[9]

In 2007, Brewer was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery "for the design of scalable, reliable internet services."[10][11] That same year, he was also inducted into the National Academy of Engineering "for the design of highly scalable internet services."[12]

Brewer is the 2009 recipient[13] of the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences[14] "for his contributions to the design and development of highly scalable Internet services."

In 2009, Brewer received the SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award.[15]

In 2013, the ETH Zurich honored him with the title Dr. sc. tech. (honoris causa).[16]


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  2. ^ "Eric Brewer". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Lessons from Internet Services: ACID vs. BASE". Archived from the original on 2008-06-24. Retrieved .
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  5. ^ Patra, Rabin; Nedevschi, Sergiu; Surana, Sonesh; Sheth, Anmol; Subramanian, Lakshminarayanan; Brewer, Eric (April 11-13, 2007). "WiLDNet: Design and Implementation of High Performance WiFi Based Long Distance Networks". 4th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design & Implementation. Cambridge, Massachusetts: 87-100 (NSDI '07). Archived from the original on 2021-04-30. Retrieved .
  6. ^ Cloud Native [@eric_brewer] (10 May 2011). "I will be leading the design of the next gen of infrastructure at Google. The cloud is young: much to do, many left to reach" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  7. ^ Membership Directory, 2010, Pi Lambda Phi Inc.
  8. ^ Wilson, Robin (March 3, 2000). "They May Not Wear Armani to Class, but Some Professors Are Filthy Rich". The chronicle of higher education. Archived from the original on 2021-04-30. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "1999 Young Innovators Under 35". Technology Review. 1999. Archived from the original on October 23, 2012. Retrieved 2011.
  10. ^ "ACM Fellows". Association for Computing Machinery. Archived from the original on 2018-01-28. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Eric A. Brewer". Association for Computing Machinery. Archived from the original on 2008-02-14. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Dr. Eric A. Brewer". National Academy of Engineering. Archived from the original on 2008-10-24. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "Media Center". Archived from the original on 2021-04-26. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "List of recipients of the ACM-InfoSys Foundation Award". ACM (the Association for Computing Machinery). Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 2010.
  15. ^ "The Mark Weiser Award". ACM SIGOPS. Archived from the original on 17 June 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ "ETH Day 2013". Archived from the original on 2019-11-19. Retrieved .

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